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The Growing Popularity of Green Coffee Extract for Weight Loss

Posted Jan 23 2013 8:44am


Ever since the famous Dr. Oz featured the Green Coffee Extract on his show, the buzz about the supplement has increased dramatically. More and more people are becoming curious and interested in the newest “weight loss miracle” to hit the shelves, but many are asking: does it really work?

To answer this question, let us first discuss how Dr. Oz conducted his study. The experiment was deemed the largest that the show had ever done. 100 overweight women aged 35 to 49 participated in a 2-week experiment. The women were given either a placebo or green coffee bean extract but had no idea which they had received. They were instructed to take one 400 mg capsule three times a day 30 minutes before every meal. They were also told NOT to apply changes to their diet and simply keep a food journal. After 2 weeks, the results were in. Those who were given the green coffee bean extract lost 2 pounds on average while those who were given the placebo lost 1 pound on average. It’s just a very slim margin but many still thought the results were convincing.

If you’re asking whether or not there are other studies or experiments done to determine the effectiveness of green coffee bean extract, the answer is - yes. In fact, one study was featured on Dr. Oz’s website. The study was published in the January 2012 issue of the Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity journal. It’s a smaller group compared to Dr. Oz’s 100-women participants. The study involved only 16 overweight adults but the duration of the experiment was longer – 12 weeks to be exact. After 12 weeks of intake of green coffee bean extract with 700 to 1050 mg dosage of chlorogenic acid, the participants lost almost 18 pounds on average or 10% of the subjects’ overall body weight.

So, what’s the verdict? Although the green coffee bean extract’s effect is minimal (2 pounds on average for Dr. Oz’s experiment and 18 pounds on average for the January experiment), the fact that bodybuilding fat loss can be achieved despite minimal workouts is a point of consideration. If you want to maximize your diet and exercise regimen, it doesn’t hurt to try out new weight loss supplements just as long as you do your research.

Study the list of ingredients. Make sure it has chlorogenic acid extract which is usually listed as GCA® (green coffee antioxidant) or Svetol®. Go for those that have at least 45% chlorogenic acid. The recommended dosage is 400 mg 3 times per day taken half an hour before each meal. Don’t buy a supplement that doesn’t list its ingredients on the label. Avoid those that have artificial ingredients or fillers. Never be fooled by the term “pure” or any other claims that seem too good to be true. And of course, never take green coffee bean extract when pregnant and breastfeeding, or when suffering from allergic reactions to coffee or caffeine. Choose only the most recommended green coffee bean extract. You will all find the information you need online.

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